Santa Claus is Coming To King’s! Alumni Help Raise Funds for King’s Missions

Do you love getting professional family photos with Santa? This year, plan to get them at King’s! King’s is pleased to announce that two of our alumni, Macy’s Santa Karl Beals and Photographer Becca Howell, will be on campus Wednesday, December 6th from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. for a Santa photo fundraiser. This event will be one night only in Reimer Library in the CRISTA Administration Building. Proceeds will benefit King’s High School’s Spring mission trip to Kenya.

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Karl Beals (Class of 1981) is one of Macy’s newest Santas. He spent the majority of his career as a youth minister, though he has also has worked in the trades and service industry. Last January, he decided to grow his beard out for one year. “For Father’s Day, my family gave me a Santa suit and my wife took a picture of me with my two youngest sons,” he said. “She uploaded the photo to the Kenmore Neighbors Facebook page, and from there I was asked to be in the City of Bothell’s 4th of July parade, Bothell’s Christmas tree lighting and now I will be working at the downtown Seattle Macy’s store.” When King’s Alumni Coordinator Deb Siers heard his story, she reached out to him to see if he’d like to be Santa at King’s. (Read more about his journey and his time at King’s in our next issue of Connect Magazine.)

Becca Howell (Class of 2002) was inspired to pursue a career in photography by KHS Teacher Gwen Gracey. “Miss Gracey was and remains an encouraging and​ positive voice, as I’ve journeyed the path I chose to become a photographer.” Becca is excited to be a part of this event. She already knows many King’s families from taking sports team photos, and is looking forward meeting more families and helping them to capture moments that will provide memories for years to come! “I am also very happy to be involved in raising money for missions,” she said. “Mission trips that I took as a student at King’s shaped me in so many ways. I am honored to be a part of making it possible for students to experience the same!”

Digital images and photo packages will be available to purchase and there is a $20 suggested donation to benefit the KHS mission trip to Kenya. Approximately 20 King’s students will be heading to Nairobi, Kenya during spring break 2018. They will be running sports camps on the outskirts of the Kibera slums, where they will interact with hundreds of orphans and underprivileged kids from the slums.

Live carolers will entertain families as they wait for their time with Santa. KHS students will also be holding a baked goods and cocoa sale at the event. Sign up early. Reservations are expected to fill up early.